MOORE — In one of the three rooms in the new establishment a few doors down from Louie’s Grill and Bar reserved for the most state of the art golf instruction in the history of golf instruction, David Lisle is listening.
“I feel like I’ve reached a plateau. I just don’t feel like I’m getting any better,” he’s told. “I’d like to shoot in the high 70s.”
Later, from the same student, “I’m kind of afraid of my lob wedge.”
A few minutes after that Lisle’s pupil explains, “I have a bad tendency to sway, to the rear, and I don’t even know it, I just get told.”
Lisle’s there to help.
This is GolfTEC, Lisle’s new post-Westwood Park adventure, where he gets to do the thing he probably enjoyed the most over his 27 years as head pro at Norman’s only municipal golf course — teach — just about all the time.
The place has been open for a bit, but it’s been a “soft opening” in the sense that there must be names for everything. The “grand opening” is only a day away, not that Lisle hasn’t already found himself busy.
“Business is picking up and we’re getting busier by the day,” he said. “Word of mouth is beginning to spread, people are hearing about it.”
For those who approach the game mechanically, GolfTEC is something akin to nirvana, with video, motion sensors, ball-flight simulator and frame-by-frame swing comparisons available to tour player after tour player. For those who prefer to feel their way through the game, they still have the benefit of Lisle’s decades of experience and his credentials as a fantastic teacher to sift through the data and make it work in a way you can still get your head around.